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Rick Douglas

People often ask me what inspired me to become a reporter and my answer is always the same: I saw “all the president's men,” the Robert Redford movie about the Watergate scandal.  I decided I wanted to spend my life uncovering injustice and, failing that, telling stories.

My career in broadcast journalism has taken me all over the country.  The joke I tell is that I am trying to become America’s favorite anchorman, one city at a time.

But the itinerant nature of the business has afforded me opportunities I wouldn't otherwise have had.  For instance, I spent a day with legendary photographer Ansel Adams just prior to his death.  His example inspired me to pursue landscape photography, although strictly as an amateur.

I also spent a week aboard the Australian flagship “Endeavor,” a replica of the tall ship that captain cook used to explore the south pacific.  During the voyage off the California coast, we were caught up in a violent storm that had the ship rocking like a metronome.  Thankfully, lifeboats weren't needed.

One of my favorite assignments was re-tracing the footsteps of the Lewis & Clark expedition on the contemporary trail.  The hour-long show won a slew of awards and the admiration of esteemed documentarian Ken Burns.

I also have dabbled in acting from time to time.  So far, I am the only American actor to have portrayed Ernest Hemingway on stage.  I was cast in an experimental play in Spokane that combined elements from both “a moveable feast” and “the snows of Kilimanjaro.”

Now that I am at WVVA, I look forward to learning more about the Two Virginias and documenting my travels with my trusty camera.

-Rick Douglas

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